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Irish flute music resources

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    This page contains links to a number of flute-friendly Irish tunes that I have put together for Irish Set Dancing.

These tunes are written in ABC format, which is a simple text-based means of writing out traditional music. For more information on this and how to use and read it, see the ABC Home Page. Clicking on one of these links will allow you to download a small text (.txt) file containing the tunes. This can be read in your browser or downloaded if preferred.

Irish Set Dance Music

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The following sets of tunes were put together for the Southside Traditional Dance and Music Society in Edinburgh for their weekly set dance classes. The link for the introduction goes to another page within the site.

+ introduction to the music

+ the Armagh Set
Sonny Brogan's Jig; My Darling Asleep, The Idle Road; Billy Brocker, The Eel in the Sink, The Green Mountain; The Haunted House, The Geese in the Bog; The Monaghan Twig, The Piper on Horseback; The Flowing Tide.

+ the Ballyvourney Jig Set
Terry Teehan's; Sergeant Cahill's Favourite; An Bóthar ó Thuaidh go Trá Li; The Toormore Slide; Bunratty Boys.

+ the Cashel Set or Castle Set
O'Keeffe's No.2, Connie Walsh's; Denis Doody's, Captain Byng; O Grada's No.1, O Grada's No.2; Ballincollig in the Morning; The Dance of the Honeybees; The Road to Lisdoonvarna, The Priest; Patrick O'Connor's No.2, Patrick O'Connor's No.1.

+ the Corofin Plain Set
Swinging on the Gate, The Abbey Reel; The Bucks of Oranmore, The Woman of the House; Tom Billy's No.1, Tom Billy's No.2; Molly Bán, The Galway High Reel, The Burren; O Grada's No.1, O Grada's No.2.

+ the Derradda Set
The Mug of Brown Ale, Dan Collin's Father's Jig; Maggie in the Wood, Bill Sullivan's Polka; The Roscommon Reel, The Sally Gardens.

+ Hurry the Jug
McKenna's; The Woodcock; The Kerfunten.

+ the Paris Set
The Doon, The Doon; The Old Bush, The London Lasses, King of the Clans; The Rainy Day, Sporting Nell, Kiss Me Kate, Gorman's Reel; Daniel O'Connell, The Maid on the Green, The Cow That Ate the Blanket; The Plains of Boyle, The Battle of Aughrim.

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Deirdre McSherry from Nenagh (left) and an unidentified flute player at the All-Ireland Fleadh, Listowel, August 2001.

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